A common goal many people hold close is the ability to improve their health and wellness practices. If you’re not sure where to start, consider going the natural route. Consider the following natural ways you can achieve overall health and wellness this year.
1. Increase Your Intake of Fresh, Whole Ingredients
Work on decreasing your intake of processed foods. If the cheese slices are wrapped in plastic, they’re heavily processed and mixed with artificial ingredients. It’s best to purchase the fresh block of cheese to slice on your own. If it comes in a box or plastic wrapping, chances are it’s heavily processed. Fresh ingredients like herbs, unseasoned nuts, and produce are also great because you can closely monitor what is going into your body. If you’d like to add salt, you’ll be able to control the amount that goes in.
2. Explore CBD Products
As more research continues to emerge surrounding the benefits of CBD, many companies continue to include this cannabis ingredient in their products, oils, and tinctures. The benefits of using CBD products include the reduction of inflammation and pain relief. Whether you’re dealing with aching joints after a run or anxiety, keep high-quality CBD tinctures and oils nearby for personal use.
3. Develop a Plan for Daily Movement
There’s a common misconception that exercise is mainly instrumental in weight management efforts. However, exercise is essential for your overall well-being. Stretch your limbs and body daily to avoid stiff joints. Complete heart-pumping workouts to strengthen your heart and your endurance. Lift weights to help with hormone regulation and overall strength. Exercise is also helpful for releasing stress and tension.
4. Implement a Self-Soothing Ritual
There will be times when you can’t make it to your therapist’s chair or have a venting session with your closest friend. In that case, you’ll need to know how to self-soothe to ensure wellness. Find self-soothing rituals that work well for you. A few include positive affirmations and self-talk. Create a list of affirmations that you can repeat to yourself to get yourself out of a bad mental space. Others include knowing when to take a nap, listening to relaxing music, and meditation. You can also take deep breaths to release pent-up emotions. Knowing your triggers can also be useful in terms of maintaining your wellness. However, if you’ve already been triggered, you need to know how to manage the moments so that they don’t ruin your entire day or week. By mismanaging your emotions, you can develop a lifestyle that’s conducive to toxicity.
5. Prioritize Rest
Rest isn’t just about getting the ideal number of hours each night. It’s also about taking sabbaticals and vacations throughout the year. It’s about taking the time to slow down after an intense season at work. Take a look at your calendar. If you know that you have an upcoming project that will demand a considerable chunk of your attention, find ways to recharge and rest your brain in your downtime. Whether that involves ordering takeout one night, taking a bubble bath, or practicing a mindfulness ritual, find activities that support your desire to rest as well.
To enjoy long-lasting transformations within the areas of health and wellness, approach your efforts from a gradual standpoint. If you’ve consumed for the past twenty years, don’t expect to become a vegan overnight. Instead, gradually decrease the amount of meat you consume each week. Simultaneously increase the number of fresh vegetables you consume each week. Achieving optimal health and wellness is a lifestyle. By taking small yet consistent steps each day, it’ll be easier to experience the compounded impact and benefits by the end of 2021.
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